Tree Ties / Straps from Suffolk Farm Fencing
We stock tree ties to go with our range of tree stakes
Good for supporting trees and bushes in the garden
Our range of tree stakes can be found here
Plant advice may be found here
The stake should be driven into the ground by at least 25% of its length to ensure it can support a tree when under strain. The height will often be at least a metre
When using a single or double stake (two stakes placed vertically at 90 degrees either side of the tree), ensure that the tree is placed a distance away from the stake(s), so in essence the tree does not use them for actual support.
With an angled stake you may want to drive the stake in the ground before planting the tree to ensure there is no damage caused to the roots if they are already extending any distance. Remember to use a pad to prevent the stake chafing against the bark of the tree and causing damage. A flexible tie is recommended because you still do want the tree to become reliant on the stake as this form of staking is mainly used to counteract prevailing winds.
Guy staking is more often seen used for large trees that have been transplanted to a new location. Because of the use of wire it is very important to ensure the wire is wrapped with rubber and protects the tree from getting cut and ensure it is done so it not only protects the trunk but any branches too.
Advice is to not use wire when tying the tree (unless using the guying method). As you can see we do not stock any form of wire for tying trees, it is all plastic materials. That is not to say they will not cause damage, but they are less prone to cutting into the bark of the tree.
The main problems I see are the ties are initially too tight or that the tree over time is not cared for and maintained so the ties are not loosened as the tree grows. This means we return to the problem of the tree not being able to sway, build up its natural strength to resist wind and the energy of the tree is then put into growing upwards making it a liability to fall over.
The thing to remember is that staking and tying a tree is not about supporting it every day even when there is a still breeze, but helping it not get blown over on windy days or from unexpected knocks (deer will often rub against tress with their antlers). I recommend planning in your diary when you can revisit the young trees to check on their progress and to adjust the stake and tie as necessary and a date when you will remove the stake so you do not end up damaging the trees by strangulation as the width of the trees trunk expands. This will also save yourself or your company money as you can reuse some materials which have withstood the elements and can be put to good use again.